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Better, Faster, Stronger: Making Your Library Practices More Efficient Through the Lean Approach

Posted in Membership, and Professional Development

Join the Education Institute (EI) for a conversation about Lean methodology and how it applies in every size library for any audience.

At its core, Lean is about leveraging the knowledge of staff to break down current practices and processes, and replace them with simpler, more efficient changes that require less effort. Best of all, adopting a Lean approach can lead to large time and even money-saving results. Discover how to benefit from the ‘less work, higher impact’ model!

Date & Time:
This is a two-part virtual workshop.
Part One – Monday, June 19 @ 2PM – 4PM ET
Part Two – Monday, June 26 @ 2PM – 4PM ET
Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a high-level understanding of Lean Methodology;
  • Learn how foundational lean principles, such as continuous improvement and huddles, can be applied in your library;
  • Identify library-specific areas and processes that have streamlining potential and see practical examples and applications.

Webinar + Online Breakout Sessions (Please note: space is limited to 60 spots.)

Amanda French, Manager, Social Development (TPL); Lean Green Belt; ProSci Certified Change Management Specialist
Kenneth Leung, Lean Program Manager; Lean Master Black Belt, Professional Engineer, ProSci Change Management Certified

As a member of the Manitoba Library Association, you qualify for the EI membership rates.
Register today!

Call for Members – Intellectual Freedom Committee

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

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CFLA/FCAB’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for THREE new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA/FCAB member associations and self-nominations from members of CFLA/FCAB member associations. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.

Call for Proposals – 50th Annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU)

Posted in Conference, and Professional Development

The 2023 Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) marks the 50th conference devoted to teaching and learning in libraries.

Presenters and attendees from Canada and beyond meet to discuss information literacy as it continuously evolves in various library settings.

The Program Committee invites proposals for the 50th edition of WILU hosted at McGill University located in Montreal, Québec, Canada from May 16 to 19, 2023.

Proposal requirements

Each proposal must contain:

  1. Name and e-mail address of primary contact
  2. Names and affiliations of other presenters
  3. Title and abstract (for the program should your proposal be accepted, up to 100 words)
  4. Description
    1. Presentation – up to 350 words
    2. Workshop – up to 500 words (include learning outcomes and active learning strategies)
    3. Panel discussion – up to 350 words

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, December 5, 2022 at midnight. Please note that presentations can be in English or in French.

To find out more check out the link here!

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at 

Webinar – International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

Posted in Professional Development

The Manitoba Accessibility Office and Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association are pleased to be co-hosting a free virtual webinar “IDPD 2022:  United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, via Zoom Platform.

To register for the webinar:  IDPD 2022: UN CRPD

Prior to the IDPD Webinar, you will receive an email with the Zoom Access Information in order to participate.

The webinar will begin with an overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provided by Steven Estey, who is a leading Canadian expert on the Convention.  Mr. Estey has advanced disability rights for over three decades through his work with disability and human rights organizations, government, and United Nations agencies.

Mr. Estey’s overview will set the stage for a panel discussion about the significance of the Convention to Manitoba, with a focus on areas of concern to our panelists:

  • Diane Driedger
  • Justine Kiwanuka
  • Mary Lavigne
  • Carrie Pacey

Topics will include accessibility, employment, healthcare, and equal representation before the law.

The panelists’ diverse experience includes living with visible and invisible disabilities, alongside their unique perspectives as women of settler, immigrant, Métis and Indigenous roots.

For more information, please visit:

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is Searching for New Members

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for four new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA member associations and interested individuals who are members of a CFLA/FCAB member association. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.

Call for Expressions of Interest!

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

Call for Expressions of Interest to represent CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

The CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) is seeking expressions of interest in representing CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC). One CFLA-FCAB position is currently open and CMSC would like to have someone in place for September 1, 2022. The appointment will be for a three-year term ending August 31, 2025.

Survey – Manitoba Libraries and Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development


In January 2022 Manitoba Library Association was invited by Manitoba Department of Families to review the discussion paper Developing Manitoba’s Homelessness Strategy and attend a strategy call. MLA provided feedback to the Department of Families on the role that libraries play as community hubs for connecting all users, including users experiencing homelessness, to information resources that they require to support their cultural, social, and economic well being. The Department of Families has since developed the What We Heard report from their consultations.

Learning in Unprecedented Times with the Education Institute

Posted in Professional Development

In these unprecedented times, the Education Institute’s upcoming webinars will continue to run, with a modified schedule. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many webinar presenters are taking on more work to support their communities and are unable to run their session during previously scheduled times. The calendar has been updated to reflect any changes made.

Available Webinars

The following webinars are available for viewership:

Host a Webinar or Suggest a Topic

We are curating content to help the library community navigate this pandemic, whether you are running programs virtually or figuring it out. Please email if you have an idea that can support the library community.

All-Access Pass

The Education Institute offers an annual subscription to its continuing education platform called the All-Access Pass. This pass provides you and your staff with unlimited access to upcoming webinars and archived sessions. If you or your organization are seeking solutions for providing professional development for staff in bulk, please get in contact with us at

Free Webinar Replay: Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress

Posted in COVID-19, and Professional Development

As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.  
You can view the archive of this event at after the event. Attendance for the live event is limited to 1,000 people. We anticipate being at full capacity for the event. If you are unable to join the live event, we will be posting the recording within 24 hours of the live event. We will post the recording to as soon as it’s ready.